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Safety Training

Time Required: 8 Hours

Refresher: 4 Hours

Employers must ensure workers on construction projects complete a working at heights training program approved by the Ontario Ministry of Labour before a worker uses a fall restricting system, fall arrest system, safety net, work belt or safety belt. This comprehensive working at heights training program has this approval. The program is divided into two modules.

In module one, participants learn about the hazards of working at heights, basic rights and duties along with relevant regulations governing fall arrest hazards, fall protection equipment and working at heights projects. They will also be introduced to the use, inspection, limitations, storage and procedures for travel restraint, fall restricting and fall arrest systems.

In module two, participants get hands-on training on fall protection equipment and systems. They will also explore key components of a fall rescue plan and emergency procedures. Note: Training participants must also complete a written program evaluation as required by the MOL’s Working at Heights Training Program Standard.

Time Required: 2 Hours

Intended for workers, supervisors and other workplace parties, this program offers an overview of the new GHS WHMIS. Participants will explore new standardized information, classification and communication requirements for hazardous products used, stored, handled or disposed of in the workplace. This includes new GHS-modified WHMIS labels, safety data sheets and pictograms.

Time Required: 3 Hours

Participants are introduced to the many sources of energy in a workplace and how each can be hazardous and sometimes fatal to exposed workers. They will discuss the basic concepts of lockout as a method of producing a “zero energy state”. Relevant legislation will be outlined along with components of an effective lockout program including the tools used to recognize and assess potential hazards. Strategies for developing and implementing an effective workplace specific lockout program, including training, will also be discussed.

Time Required: 6 Hours

This one-day program is for workers required to enter confined spaces and those who perform related work. This represents the first in a two step process for meeting the legal duty to provide workers with confined space training. (See below for details of the second step.)

Training participants will review the components required in a workplace/plan specific confined space program. This discussion will focus on hazard assessment, entry permits, atmospheric testing and on-site rescue procedures. Participants will then explore the many potential atmospheric and safety hazards in confined spaces. This discussion will include work procedures and strategies for the identification of potential hazards and their control. Specific attention is paid to the use and maintenance of respirators and other personal protective equipment along with duties of attendants and the various aspects of on-site rescue.

NOTE: After completion of the Confined Spaces Entry and Hazard Recognition Training, workers must also receive workplace and plan-specific training in order to comply with confined space entry requirements (ex. Dofasco site specific CSE procedure). This training must be developed in consultation with the joint health and safety committee or worker representative.

*Training is provided by St. John Ambulance*

First Time Training: Time Required 16 Hours (2 Days)

Renewal: 8 Hours (unexpired certificate only)

This two day course is for individuals who require more comprehensive information on first aid and CPR for the workplace, educational institution or personal interest reasons. This course meets Canadian Labour Code and Ontario First Aid Regulation 1101 for workplaces with more than 5 employees. This interactive program includes CPR training for adults, infants and children, 2 person CPR as well as automated external defibrillation (AED). Certificates valid for three years are issued upon successful completion.
For more information visit St. John Ambulance website.

Ontario-regulated employers must ensure their Joint Health and Safety Committee (JHSC) includes a trained, certified worker and employer member.

JHSC committees are required in workplaces employing 20 or more workers or using a designated substance. To become certified, committee members must complete Certification Part I training and then Certification Part II training within six months of the initial training. To maintain their status, certified members must complete Certification Refresher every three years thereafter.

Fire Watch is a six-hour training program designed to provide participants with knowledge and information necessary to perform fire watch duties. Any construction or industrial site engaged in “hot work”, namely work processes that can produce a source of ignition such as a spark or open flame, must implement a hot work management program including the provision of fire watchers.

This training program then, equips participants to identify and assess hazards that can give rise to fires. To this end, participants are introduced to the hazards posed by common hot work processes such as welding, soldering, cutting and brazing. The program also provides participants with a basic introduction to flammable and combustible substances and the toxic nature of many of these substances. Relevant legislation, codes and standards, including WHMIS and the Ontario Fire Code are also discussed. Most important to the participant will be a focused discussion on specific efforts they can introduce in their workplaces to prevent the potential for fires and related explosions and when necessary, the steps needed to respond to fires and explosions.

Technical Skills Training

Time Required: 8 Hours

Powered Elevating Work Platform (also known as PEWPs) program introduces veteran and novice powered elevating work platform operators to different types of lifts, hazards and related legal obligations. Participants will learn how to safely operate a lift and demonstrate their skill and knowledge through a practical session. In-class, learners will participate in active lectures and use worksheets to review specific content. In a separate hands-on demonstration, each participant will demonstrate proper daily inspection and will operate lift(s) to complete a series of tasks. Upon successful completion participants will receive a record of training

Time Required: 8 Hours

This program is designed for operators of rough terrain and industrial forklifts used in the construction sector. The in-class session explores the basics of safe operation such as selection, pre-start inspection, stability, lift capacity, principle of counterbalance theory and restricted view awareness. The program offers a review of the hazards operators might face along with legislation, guidelines and standards governing the use of forklifts. The hands-on practicum affords each participant an opportunity to operate various forklifts. Participants will receive documentation from the instructor for every forklift on which they prove competency.

Note: This program was developed to meet standards outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Guideline for the Safe Operation and Maintenance of Powered Lift Trucks and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Safety Standard for Lift Trucks.


Versa-Lift/High Capacity Forklift Awareness

Time Required: 8

*Pre-requisite is successful completion of Construction and Industrial Forklift Operator course

The Versa-Lift is a unique forklift in which the frame extends in order to achieve greater capacities and is equipped with a removable hydraulic boom. The Versa-Lift was designed specifically for moving heavy machinery smoothly and safely on solid surfaces for riggers.

This course is in addition to Construction and Industrial Forklift Operator training. The in-class portion outlines the proper precautions and attention needed for high capacity forklifts and its safe operation. In the shop, participants are shown and then need to demonstrate safe operating techniques for controlling the high capacity forklift and its extendable counterweight. Participants will also be shown proper hydraulic boom attachment use, hook-up and disconnect.


Time Required: 8 Hours

Participants discuss the hazards associated with overhead cranes, hoists and the rigging of loads. Relevant legislation will be explored along with the practical methods for recognizing and assessing these hazards. Participants will review control measures needed to improve the work environment including the safe operation of cranes and hoists. A practical component in the program allows the participants to demonstrate their acquired knowledge.

Time Required: 40 Hours

Participants will go through a theoretical portion for sections involved with conveyor systems. At the end of the section, participants will be using the knowledge learned and applying it to Millwright Local 1916 Training Centre’s new state-of-the-art conveyor system.

Sections Will Include:
-Introduction to Conveyors
-Types of Conveyors (Multiple variations of conveyor types)
-Conveyor Components (product moving, conveyor sections, accessories)
-Pre-installation (receiving and storing equipment)
-Layout (datum lines, benchmarks, establishing angles, measurement conversions etc.)
-Safety (general safety practices, thinking and planning ahead)
-Preventative Maintenance

Total Station: This workshop covers the use of the Total Station, equipment for and their application to field layout and alignment of machinery. The transfer of data from field drawings and CAD programs to the Total Station in the field for layout and alignment tasks. Classroom training combined with hands-on training with the Total Station equipment will provide the skills necessary to operate this equipment in the field.

Laser Shaft Alignment: This workshop is designed to provide the information participants need to do a shaft alignment using an Optalign Plus, Rotalign or Easy-Laser. The workshop will cover elimination of soft foot, rim-face and offset alignment, thermal expansion and vertical alignment. 

Optical Alignment: Participants in this workshop will learn to use precision optical levels and transits to level and align machinery. Standard optical alignment procedures will be presented and participants will learn how to solve specific alignment problems.

GE Gas Turbine Qualification

This is a five-day (Mon-Fri) Gas Turbine Qualification program for Members, is delivered with a mixture of classroom instruction and hands-on exercises designed to evaluate the proficiency of the student. Prior to attending this workshop, Members must complete the following prerequisite courses:

  1. Gas Turbine Familiarization
  2. Hytorc Bolting Technician Qualification
  3. UBC Rigging Qualification
  4. Millwright 16-Hour Safety Course

*Travel to the International Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA required.


Steam Turbine Qualification

To meet the training requirements for Steam Turbine work, the Carpenters International Training Fund, in partnership with GE and Atlantic Plant Maintenance, has developed the Steam Turbine Qualification Program.

Prior to attending this workshop, Members must complete the following prerequisite courses:

  1. Gas Turbine Qualification (Member Training)
  2. Hytorc Bolting Technician Qualification
  3. UBC Rigging Qualification
  4. Millwright 16-Hour Safety Course

This 5-day training program is delivered with a mixture of classroom instruction and hands-on exercises designed to evaluate the proficiency of the student. Instructors that successfully complete this course are qualified to teach the Steam Turbine Qualification workshop to members.

*Travel to the International Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA required.

Time Required: 40 Hours

A good portion of any workday in the construction industry is devoted to the rigging, hoisting, moving and placing of heavy objects. Millwrights are required to be qualified riggers and, in some cases, hold an accredited certification.

This 5-day workshop addresses safety regulations and rigging practices related to rigging, rigging hardware, and safe rigging practices. Hands-on inspections and rigging projects are emphasized in this workshop.

Millwrights Local 1916 offers prerequisite training for Certified Riggers and Signalers (CRS) certification program. The CRS certification program is managed by the Carpenters International Certification Council (CICC).

The National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) has accredited the (CRS) certification program, which paves the way for UBC members to work in all jurisdictions, including those that require accreditation. NCCA accreditation provides the UBC with a competitive advantage in the construction industry by raising awareness that jobs completed by CRS certified UBC members will be done safely, efficiently and with the highest level of quality. CRS certification also helps UBC signatory contractors identify the right people for the job.

Members will have the opportunity to develop welding skills using modern equipment with the common arc welding processes such as Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW or ‘stick’), Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW or ‘MIG’), Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW), and Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW or ‘TIG’). Successful completion of this training will qualify you to challenge the CWB (Canadian Welding Bureau) practical test to obtain your welding ticket.

Time Required: 40 Hours

This modular training program is for members operating any mobile crane with a lifting capacity of 0 to 8 tons including any of the following crane types: articulating (knuckle) boom, telescoping boom, radial boom derricks (RBDs), sign erectors, or carry deck industrial-type cranes.
This training program is a combination of in the shop and classroom training. In order to qualify for this certificate, the operator/trainee must pass a demonstration of skills such as operating the mobile crane, rigging for safe hoisting, and demonstrating standard hand signals. When you have successfully demonstrated safe operating skills, members will be scheduled to go and challenge the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) written test. If successful, you obtain your Ministry Ticket for 0-8 Ton Mobile Crane Operator

Time Required: 4 Hours

Bolted joints are an essential part of virtually every industrial process. The proper assembly of these essential connections puts millwrights “up close and personal” with powerful tools, extreme forces, hazardous materials, elevated temperatures and pressures. Perhaps no other maintenance activity demands a greater degree of safety awareness and basic “best practices” training.

This course will:
-Lower the risk of bolting related incidents such as equipment failures and environmental impacts
-Involve participants with classroom and “hands on” tool handling
-Promote safety, quality, and efficiency

Time Required: 6 Hours

Chainsaw Operator is a six-hour training program designed to equip participants with an understanding of chainsaw features, applicable legislation, safe procedures, hazards, and control measures associated with operating a chainsaw. The Program is divided between four hours of in-class instruction and two hours of practicum. During the practicum participants will go through a chainsaw inspection checklist and demonstrate proper start-up and handling techniques.

This awareness course is designed to educate participants on HACCP principles as it relates to the food and beverage industry. Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, or HACCP, is a systematic preventive approach to food and beverage safety from biological, chemical, and physical hazards in production processes that can cause the finished product to be unsafe and designs measures to reduce these risks to a safe level. 

*additional site-specific HACCP control procedures will be needed once at production facility (ex. Frito-Lays HACCP procedure plan for maintenance)

Leadership Skills Training

During the 3rd Year Apprentice program, seasoned apprentices gain a greater understanding of the Brotherhood and the construction industry, and of the role union members play in the success of both. Participants learn how professionalism, productivity, skill, and attitude contribute to their own success as well as that of their employers.

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*Travel to the International Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA required.

Journeymen develop leadership, mentoring, coaching, and communication skills, and learn to engage with newer members and lead by example, all while promoting positive work environments and productivity on the job.

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*Travel to the International Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA required.

The 212 Journeymen: Next Level UBC Leaders program focuses on Journeymen Leaders who have committed to utilizing the skills learned in UBC Journeymen: Building Leadership for a Strong Future program and embraced the characteristics of a Transformational Leader as active members of the UBC workforce.

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*Travel to the International Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA required.

This course highlights the importance of leadership and management skills on the job. Participants are provided with the tools and techniques for success in their positions back home and receive guidance for balancing planning, communication and production responsibilities during a project.

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*Travel to the International Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA required.

This program focuses on leadership, communication, entrepreneurship, coaching, and collaboration among the parties of a building project, such as the contractor, general contractor, project manager, facility manager and the owner.

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*Travel to the International Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA required.

This four-day program reinforces the leadership role that elected council delegates play in their locals, their councils, and in the greater UBC. Participants hone skills as communicators, advocates, mobilizers, coalition builders, and politically active union citizens.

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*Travel to the International Training Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA required.

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